Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/8/13
Denard Robinson was the most high-profile player the Jaguars selected in the draft this year. At the University of Michigan, he started 37 games — 35 at quarterback — and was the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,500 in a single season. Despite all his athletic skills, NFL teams weren’t sure whether he fit into an NFL offense. He fell to the fifth round before the Jaguars took him. The Jaguars listed him as an OW (offensive weapon) and tried to figure out how to use him, but with little success. “We tried him at wildcat and tried him at receiver and we just said that didn’t work real well,’’ said Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. “Let’s put him at tailback. He never played it before, but when he did, some things came naturally to him.’’ The result? Bradley has named Robinson the team’s backup running back behind Maurice Jones-Drew for the second half of the season. Robinson has surpassed Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman on the depth chart. “I’m excited about it,’’ Robinson said of the promotion. One of Robinson’s biggest problems his rookie season has been ball security and fumbling, but he has continued to work on it. “He gained our trust as far as ball security and he had a really good work of practice before the San Francisco game and we said, ‘All right, let’s get him in there and see what he can do,’ ” Bradley said. Robinson had four carries against San Francisco for 15 yards, but also had a 21-yard burst wiped out by a penalty. Robinson is still listed on the roster as a wide receiver, but that’s so he can wear No. 16, his college number. His role with the team now is as a running back. Bradley likes players who acknowledge their weaknesses and try to improve on them and Robinson falls into that category.
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